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G7 Summit – can a $600bn fund combat China’s dominance?



As China’s influence continues to grow over developing nations, the G7 has relaunched its infrastructure funding scheme

Led by U.S President Joe Biden, leaders are pledging to spend a total of $600 billion of both private and public funds by 2027

The fund is largely similar to a the scheme launched at Cornwall just last year, and provides an alternative to the Chinese belt and road initiative.

U.S. President Joe Biden kicked off the G7 leaders summit with a series of meetings with other world leaders during the three day event in the Bavarian Alps, dominating the conversation is the war in Ukraine, and how leaders can try to curb the conflicts effect on the global economy, while ratcheting up pressure against Russia by enjoying the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies including Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

The meetings come amid tall challenges for Biden domestically and internationally.

At home Biden faces the fallout from the Supreme Court ruling on Friday that eliminated the constitutional right to abortion and soaring inflation that threatens to pull the US into a recession.

Abroad, the war in Ukraine has triggered a looming global food shortage and soaring energy prices. The President discussed his green agenda.

“Today we officially launched the Partnership for global infrastructure and investment. We collectively have dozens of projects already underway around the globe. And I’m proud to announce that the United States will mobilise $200 billion in public and private capital over the next five years for that partnership,”

biden says

Following the G7, the President will head to Spain for NATO’s annual Leaders Summit.

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Israeli soldiers use water cannons to stop protestors from breaking into PM’s house



Dramatic scenes in Israel as protestors take to the streets demanding a controversial judicial reform plan be scrapped

Dramatic scenes are unfolding in Israel following news the nation’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his defence minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on Sunday after Gallant called for a halt to a controversial judicial reform plan.

Gallant, a lawmaker from Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, broke ranks on Saturday by publicly urging Netanyahu to suspend the legislation.

He said, “The growing rift in our society is penetrating the Israel Defense Forces and security agencies. This poses a clear, immediate, and tangible threat to the security of the state. I will not allow this.”

His dismissal marks the largest public fracture in Netanyahu’s coalition government over the proposed reforms that have sparked mass protests and even dissent from some in the nation’s revered military.

Others in Netanyahu’s party have begun to waver: A top lawmaker echoed the defense chief’s call to pause the contested judicial overhaul on Sunday.

Dissent from the premier’s own party and cabinet has compounded months of unprecedented mass protests by Israelis who fear the package of reforms could endanger court independence.

Netanyahu, who is on trial on graft charges that he denies, says the overhaul will balance out the branches of government.

A key bill effectively giving his religious-nationalist coalition more control over the appointment of judges is expected to be brought for ratification this week in the Knesset, where he and his allies wield 64 out of 120 seats.

But how – or even if – that as-yet-unscheduled vote will proceed has been thrown into question by Likud dissenters. #trending #featured

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Brace for impact: Passenger activates emergency slide on Delta flight



Passenger activates emergency slide on a Delta Air flight bound for Seattle

A scary situation for those passengers onboard Delta Air Flight 1714 after a passenger activated one of the aircraft’s emergency slides.

An individual has been arrested after opening one of the plane’s doors and exiting via the emergency exit slide as the crew prepared for takeoff from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The incident on the Delta flight took place around 10:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, while the plane was stationary at LA’s international airport.

The Boeing 737 was on the runway holding to taxi for takeoff when the passenger exited the aircraft.

The individual was initially detained by Delta staff before being arrested by local law enforcement.

The Federal Aviation Administration says customers are being reaccommodated on a new aircraft – apologising for any inconvenience and delay. #trending #featured

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Latitude Financial Services reports 7.9 million customer details stolen



The company is offering pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents

Latitude Financial Services says 7.9 million customers have had their driver’s licence numbers stolen.

More than 53,000 passport numbers have also been taken in the latest cyber attack, to grip Australia and New Zealand.

A further six million customers have had their names, addresses and phone numbers stolen.

Latitude is offering to pay for the replacement of stolen I.D. documents.

Up to 97 per cent of those records were taken before 2013, with some dating back to 2005.

The company says their review is ongoing into the matter and is contacting affected customers.

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